From a performance showcasing the talents of autistic and learning disabled dance artists to an Indian twist on a string quartet and the story of one man’s quest for joy, there is something for everyone this Spring at Kala Sangam – Bradford’s Intercultural Arts Centre.
The season launches on 30 January with Body Talk (30 January – 2 April), an exhibition combining photography by Shy Burhan with poetry from Sharena Lee Satti. The exhibition celebrates women’s stories and beauty, and Shy and Sharena will be taking part in a discussion event on 5 March.
HELM on 27 February is one of the highlights of the season. Challenging perceptions of disabilities, HELM has emerged from a project between Yorkshire Dance and TIN arts and features dancers with a learning disability or autism as they dive into dreamscapes and act out fantastical ways of being, unleashing their imaginations to construct a world of alter egos, rock-stars, curious souls and fierce goddesses. Leeds based Möbius Dance return to Kala Sangam on 13 March for the world premiere of two new works, Vibrant Matter and Within Each-Other. Keira Martin and her sister Sioda Adams will be perform Good Blood their show exploring family connections on 19 March (this is a rescheduled performance from the autumn programme). On 22 April Azara Meghie brings her new show, Just Another Day and Night to Bradford as she tries to shake off questions about race, gender and sexuality and just dance. On 07 May Vanhulle Dance Theatre perform Yin, a highly visual contemporary dance piece that playfully questions society’s perceptions of gender and sexuality. Balbir Singh Dance Company and acclaimed dancer Sooraj Subramaniam visit on 11 June with Reflections of an Indian Dancer, an evocative and luminous blend of dance and text that shines a light on the intricacies of the three major schools of classical Indian dance.
On 06 February Zer0classikal bring their unique take on the string quartet to Bradford for Altered Boundaries. Acclaimed musician Jonathan Mayer (main sitar) is joined by highly skilled and accomplished Indian classical musicians William Rees Hofmann on sarod, Sky Award artist Jasdeep Singh on second sitar and Surjit Singh on sarangi for this stunning work that pushes at the boundaries of Indian Classical music. Local musicians and visual artists, These Men will share their new work BFD on 28 May, the 9 pieces combine video shot across Bradford with live soundtracks and includes the premiere of a piece devised around Kala Sangam, Bradford Cathedral and the Broadway Shopping Centre. 13 April is World Bhangra Day and Kala Sangam will be celebrating with workshops and performances, plus the launch of the Bhangra Lexicon Photographic exhibition, which will run until 11 June.
21 May sees poet and performer Andy Craven-Griffiths bring his show Joygernaut to Kala Sangam. This spoken word play explores how individual acts of kindness or cruelty can echo and gain momentum over time and through multiple lives. On 08 April Althea Theatre take a look at the legacy of the Prevent Strategy with their powerful theatre show The Glass Will Shatter. Bradford based theatre company Bloomin’ Buds are back with their production of Jim Cartwright’s classic play Road on 14 March. International Women’s Day is marked on 07 March with a performance of Shaadi Masala from Bradford East based organisation Womenzone.
Award-winning Bharatanatyam dancer Nina Rajarani perfoms on 28 March with musical accompaniment from Y Yadavan. Local poet Bernie the Bolt hosts the popular Poetry Open Mic Night on 20 February, which this time focuses on poems on the theme of Equality and the LGBTQ+ experience and music students from Bradford College showcase their talents at on 30 April. C.U.L.T. Film Nights also return to Kala Sangam, with screenings of 4 films from around the world throughout the spring beginning with Sea Without Shore on 25 February.
Alex Croft, Creative Director of Kala Sangam said, “Our Spring season is one of the busiest we’ve ever presented here at Kala Sangam. It’s packed with a diverse range of fantastic performances. Whether it’s hard-hitting theatre, music from across the world – and from right here in Bradford, beautiful classical Indian dance or cutting edge Contemporary performances, there’s something for everyone. Our Pay What You Decide ticketing means there’s also never been a better time to come and see something – risk free. With our audiences up over a third in the last year, don’t wait too long to reserve your tickets!”
Kala Sangam – Bradford’s intercultural Arts Centre – is the perfect setting for audiences new to dance, music, poetry, film, theatre and visual art. Last year, Kala Sangam introduced a new ‘Pay What You Decide’ pricing structure for most events. Under the new system, tickets can be booked in advance as usual but audiences don’t pay until they have seen the show. This allows people to not only pay what they can afford, but also decide on a price based on their experiences of a show. Tickets for Kala Sangam’s Spring Season are now on sale, to book a ticket, or to find out more about the new classes, visit http://www.kalasangam.org or call 01274 303340.